There are differing opinions on the orientation. Some think it is worthwhile others have enjoyed the resort without it. It does take less than an hour and I think it is worth your time. It gives you an opportunity to meet some of the staff.
Yes, you will be able to take food and/or drinks back to your room. The ants are really good at finding the leftover food so be sure to rinse your plates and glasses before leaving your room.
There is a house band that plays during dinner and then around 10:30pm the entertainment moves to the piano bar where there is different activities. Some nights it is a disco other nights it is karaoke and then some nights singing around the bar. That will go on until the wee hours of the night.
Juliann & Jeff
Jamaica Soon Come